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On Ed Smith And Marathon Running

The New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman, who inspired the creation of the Thomas Friedman column generator, once explained his work as an opinion writer by saying that he did pictures, not pixels. Pictures are easy to wing, and easier to fudge, as Ed Smith demonstrated in his ill-fated essay about the role of stress in elite sport. Show More Summary

Ed Smith Pulls A Melania Trump (But Not As Well As Melania Trump)

Over at the Cricket Couch, Subash Jayaraman has been doing stellar work (1, 2, 3, 4) scrutinizing Ed Smith's July 25, 2016 essay for ESPNCricinfo. Subash shows that the parts of this essay which laid out a brief history of the scientific consensus about stress were drawn, almost verbatim, from an essay published in the Economist on July 23, 2016. Show More Summary

Farewell Couch Talk

Today Subash Jayaraman (The Cricket Couch) announced that after 189 episodes, he has discontinued his highly regarded podcast series 'Couch Talk'. Since I wrote about it early 2013, Couch Talk has gone from strength to strength. It became...Show More Summary

On Kohli At Mohali

Last week, I showed that the perception of Virat Kohli as a great finisher as opposed to that of Tendulkar as a great batsman but an ordinary finisher, was an illusion. The difference in their records was an artifact of what batsmen at the other end were producing. Show More Summary

On The Response To Chris Gayle In The Big Bash League

Here is the full version my post which appeared on Cordon on January 8, 2016. Cordon's editor reviews posts and makes sure that they adhere to Cricinfo's style guide and other standards and even preferences. The title and the one sentence summary which appears on top of the piece are provided by the editorial staff. Show More Summary

Umpiring In The Age Of Cable TV

In recent years, I’ve been struck by a strange feature of the way cricket is discussed. On the one hand, the discussion of tactics, technique and the playing conditions is more sophisticated than ever before. On the other, the discussion of umpiring is less nuanced than ever before. Show More Summary

Ben Stokes Was Out Under Law 37

Ben Stokes was given out Obstructing the Field under Law 37 in the 2nd One Day International at Lord’s on September 5, 2015. The decision caused great controversy and made headlines. Some reports even suggested that Australia’s win had been “overshadowed” by “drama” or “controversy”. Show More Summary

Death Of A Gentleman: A Response

Sam Collins and Jarrod Kimber’s Death Of A Gentleman (henceforth Death) is, in their own words, a story “about people, about power, about greed, and about the endless pursuit of more.” What started out as a story about Test Cricket became, in the process of its making, a story about the (mal)administration of the game. Show More Summary

The Unquiet Ones: A Review

Osman Samiuddin's The Unquiet Ones: A History of Pakistan Cricket is a remarkable book about arguably the world's most confounding sporting culture. It is a chronological story, built episodically. The word 'unquiet' appears twice in the prologue, and never in the text itself. Show More Summary

Australia v Pakistan Review

Pakistan were outclassed with both bat and ball by Australia at the Adelaide Oval in their World Cup Quarter Final. Their batsmen felt pressured into several high risk strokes just to keep the scoring rate between four and five runs per over. Show More Summary

How To Watch ODI Cricket? Who will win the World Cup? And Why?

I have posted infrequently during the 2015 World Cup. Time constraints have meant that I've felt it is better to write fewer, longer posts, than to review individual games. This post is intended as a guide to watching ODI cricket. What...Show More Summary

On England's elimination from the World Cup

Whenever a team underperforms in a big tournament, a master narrative of the reasons for failure follows. In England’s case, it is clear. It runs along two axes. First, England’s team management relied excessively on ‘analytics’ to run tactics, selection and strategy. Show More Summary

On India's Daughter

BBC Four features Storyville, a collection of international documentaries (i take these to mean stories from outside the UK). As such, it is an inherently liberal idea. A public broadcaster has a budget and a space on its schedule for independently made documentaries which might broaden the horizons of the British public. Show More Summary

2015 World Cup: The First Fortnight

The first fortnight of the world cup showcased a new style of One Day Cricket. The storylines is of 300 being a 'par' score, of teams attacking endlessly are variously true. The central story of this World Cup has been the quality of the wickets.A top quality wicket can produce a high quality 50 over game. Show More Summary

India v South Africa at Melbourne: Match Review

India faced South Africa in Melbourne in the biggest game of their Group in the 2015 World Cup on February 22, 2015. The game was made for India. Between the burgeoning diaspora and the new wealth at the upper end of India's wealth distribution, nearly 70,000 of the 86,000 spectators at the MCG wore blue. Show More Summary

Dharmasena, Dar Wrong To Give Anderson Run Out

The last play of Australia's World Cup opener at the MCG ended that contest prematurely because Umpires Dharmasena and Dar got a decision plainly wrong. Here is what happened.Umpire Dar upheld an LBW appeal by Josh Hazlewood against James Taylor. Show More Summary

AB de Villiers: Maestro

"This is completely unfair!" exclaimed Shaun Pollock in the commentary box. Abraham Benjamin de Villiers had just directed a yorker on off stump past short third man to the boundary. Alongside Pollock was the eagle-eyed Ian Bishop. He was at a loss for words. Show More Summary

What is 24 balls more?

When Steven Smith shook hands with MS Dhoni with 4 overs left in the game at the MCG on December 30, 2014, the heads of many fans exploded. I danced a little jig. I thought it was a great decision. What's more I thought, here is something to be explained about Test cricket. Show More Summary

Dhoni Retires From Test Cricket

Mahendra Singh Dhoni retired from Test Cricket after helping India save the Melbourne Test on December 30, 2014. He retired as India's finest wicketkeeper batsman in the long form game. He led India in more Tests, and won more Tests than any of his predecessors. Show More Summary

Day 5 At Adelaide

Australia declared overnight twice in this Test and set India 364 to win in 98 overs on Day 5. They won by 48 runs. A few things contributed to this result. A few things will be said about this result which I think are not true.1. The idea that India "went for the runs" on the last day.2. Show More Summary

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